Sophomore Travis Pluck will research climate, storm history with DE Environmental Institute
AAP sophomore Travis Pluck was recently selected for a research internship with the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN). Pluck will be working with a team from UD's Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, an environmental data services center within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) at UD.
Interns complete independent research projects, and the internship also includes skill-building seminars designed to prepare students for post-graduate study.
Pluck's internship is associated with DENIN's Project WiCCED — Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware — which examines the impact of rising sea levels, agricultural runoff, and other risks to Delaware watersheds.
"I am going to be assisting in updating weather and climate databases and collaborating with others to update the Office of the Delaware State Climatologist website and the Delaware Climate Information Center," he said. In addition to gathering and sharing climatological data, he will be researching the history of coastal storms in Delaware.
After making the transition to Newark next fall, Pluck intends to major in environmental science. "I plan on pursuing a career in environmental field research, climate change research, and possibly environmental policy advisement," he said.
The DENIN Environmental Scholars Program is a paid undergraduate research internship, and additional opportunities are available. Students with interests in climate, sea-level rise, water quality, soil contamination and remediation, economics, ethics, and environmental justice, history, or policy are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the DENIN Environmental Scholars page.